Philippians 2:14 - Do everything without complaining or arguing.
Complaining is an easy trap to fall into. It starts out with giving out just a few negative words. But once you’ve got someone listening to you, it’s hard to ignore the pull of wanting to complain. Letting people know what’s going on is one thing, but it becomes complaining when it’s all you talk about. Do you often get caught in the complaining trap? Have you learned how to balance between allowing others to see your struggles and talking too much about them? I’d love to hear from you.
Luke 13:12-13 - When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."
Finding a cure for your pain sometimes seems just out of reach. You try to stretch your body a little more forward and almost have it in your grasp. But then a spasm of pain attacks your body and you’re pulled into a retreat. Somewhere along the way, through our dark valley of pain, we must put down our binoculars, looking into the distance, and find that we can still live a full life even with our limitations. Do you long to find a cure? Is it hard for you to stop looking into the future and trying to see what it will hold? I’d love to hear from you.
Proverbs 4:25 - Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Our minds are full of images – both the good and the bad. Sometimes I find my video camera is stuck on the hurtful parts at the expense of the good. Turn on the flash and move into the light. There’s always some good even in the midst of the pain. With God’s help, we can find that good. Do you find yourself stuck on the hurtful parts of your life? I’d love to hear from you.
James 5:13 - Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise
Sometimes we’ve had ourselves wrapped up so tightly in guilt from the past that we forget what it feels like to just enjoy the moment. You’re happiness doesn’t just affect you. It affects those around you. Don’t be afraid. Let go of your guilt and learn to be happy once more. Do you struggle with guilt when you’re happy? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.